"We're really proud to be working again with Bob and the CWF," principal designer and CEO Adam Bienenstock said of the project. "It's important for us as Canadians to remember where we came from and to celebrate our rich environmental heritage. It's something we need to be reminded of more and more these days. Our cities are great accomplishments, but they're getting harder to get away from and we need to make sure kids and parents have places to connect with nature."
The festival runs from March 14 to 23 at the Direct Energy Centre near Exhibition Station, alongside the National Home Show, and is open Monday to Saturday from 10am until 9pm, and Sunday from 10am to 5pm. Tickets can be purchased online at http://canadablooms.com.
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Headed by Adam Bienenstock, the company mission is to connect children and communities to nature through play. Based in Canada our environmentally sensitive, fully accessible parks and playgrounds celebrate the local natural heritage by reflecting local iconic landforms and natural materials. Our projects are made possible by our diverse public and private partnerships and the local champions that make each park unique. Our work can be found in cities, hospitals, zoos, nature centres, child cares, schoolyards, and backyards across Canada and the USA. For more information, please contact at 1-800-306-3319 or visit http://www.naturalplaygrounds.ca.
About Canada Blooms 2014
Canada Blooms was founded in 1996 by the Garden Club of Toronto and Landscape Ontario. Today, it is the largest flower and garden festival in the country, celebrating the very best in Canadian gardening and floral design!
Canada Blooms was incorporated in 1997 as Canada Blooms Horticultural Society, a not-for-profit organization. Our mission is to create a yearly international flower and garden festival which enhances and promotes the awareness of horticulture by featuring the best designs, products and services of amateur and professional participants. Proceeds from Canada Blooms are used to support community projects that promote horticulture and nurture and enhance our landscapes.
About the Canadian Wildlife Federation
We spread the word about wildlife by producing all kinds of materials, many of which are beautifully designed free resources, such as classroom-linked curricula, top-quality posters, magazines, calendars and newsletters, and websites with online encyclopedias, fun interactive learning opportunities and regular online exclusives. Our goal? To inform Canadians about the precious resource that is our wildlife. We run many education and awareness programs that open people’s minds to the wonderful world of wildlife and the value of healthy habitats. We also run funding and awards programs too that give financial aid to schools, academic researchers and local groups involved in conservation. We also advocate for wildlife by following and sharing our views on national issues that could affect the health and well-being of floral and faunal populations countrywide. And when necessary, we recommend legislative changes on behalf of species at risk.
About the Robert Bateman Foundation
This Canadian public charity has a two-part mandate based on the life and works of Robert Bateman. To challenge the public and society’s leaders to a new dialogue about our relationship with nature through strategic partnerships, research, collaboration and public education. And to assume custodianship of the intellectual property, collections and archives of Robert Bateman and other artists of nature, in perpetuity; and, to use every means possible to make the artworks and stories available to the public for education and inspiration.
Robert Bateman is already aligned with child-in-nature philosophies. He is associated in the public mind with pro-nature education by his work, writings and public speaking. He is widely regarded by the national and international conservation community as a “hero” because of his lifelong support and clearly articulated perspective. He is a natural and gregarious teacher and his artwork is vastly instructive. Finally, Robert Bateman is perceived by many to be one of the voices of reason and hope for healthy, rejuvenated and creative engagement with the natural world.